- Professor Karen Hudson-Edwards (Professor - University of Exeter)
|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||2 x 1 Hour Lectures|
|Lecture||4 x 2 Hour Lectures|
|Practical||1 x 4 Hour Practical|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Assessment||REPORT 1 - 1500 words Short report based on staff-led projects.||30%|
|Semester Assessment||REPORT 2- 2500 words Individual write-up of group project.||50%|
|Semester Assessment||Oral Group Presentation 10 minutes. Based on student-led project.||20%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Supplementary Report 1 - 1500 words Students who fail to attend the field course without good reason will not be permitted a resit. Students who attend the field course but fail the assessment will be given the opportunity to resubmit assessments for a maximum mark of 40%. Students whose reasons for failing to attend any component of the fieldwork are condoned will be permitted to submit an alternative form of assessment in place of the fieldwork.||30%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Supplementary Report 2 - 2500 words||50%|
|Supplementary Assessment||Supplementary Oral Presentation 10 minutes. Individual presentation based on student-led project.||20%|
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Identify topical and relevant research problems in Environmental Science.
2. Design field-based research strategies for data collection and analysis that are relevant to designated research questions.
3. Demonstrate proficiency in a range of data collection/analysis/presentation/interpretation techniques.
4. Demonstrate an ability to communicate research findings through written reports
5. Demonstrate an ability to communicate research findings through oral presentations.
· To provide and opportunity to apply theoretical, technical and/or scientific laboratroy methods to the more complex, uncontrolled field environment, and to appreciate how processes that might be regarded as 'general' are mediated by the environmental character of a specific place.
· To prompt students' capacity to identify a problem or research question, and to develop approaches to solving or answering this through hypothesis tesing, research design and data collection.
· To encourage, where appropriate, consideration of the ethical aspects of research processes.
· To promote certain transerable skills required in practical work and seminars, such as teamwork and observation.
· Field health and safety
· Research design
· Training in field data collection, analysis and interpretation
· Human impacts on the environment.
· Natural hazards.
· Interpreting the physical landscapes.
· Aspects of environmental change.
|Skills Type||Skills details|
|Application of Number||Field data collection involves a range of numerical skills (e.g. measurements). Statistical techniques may be used to analyse field data.|
|Communication||Both written and oral communication of field information and interpretations will be developed via reports and presentations.|
|Improving own Learning and Performance||Students will be responsible for their own taking of field notes, ubmit their individual field reports and acting on feedback provided.|
|Information Technology||Written reports and information searches to will involve the application of information technology. Oral presentations will be given using PowerPoint.|
|Personal Development and Career planning||Practical applications of skills in Environmental Science and industry will be discussed during field days.|
|Problem solving||Design of field sampling strategies, evaluation of environmental data.|
|Research skills||Field and practical surveying, observation, classification, measurement and dissemination of findings all involve research and synthesis of information.|
|Subject Specific Skills||Surveying in environmental science, and observation, measurement and recording of environmental variables.|
|Team work||Field data collection and interpretation will be undertaken in teams. A group oral presentation will be assessed.|
This module is at CQFW Level 5